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Backgrounder: Pakistan’s Gwadar Port

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The crown jewel in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Gwadar port is a potential game-changer for regional trade flows. But the project is not without its risks.

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A Precarious Peace Descends over Kashmir

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But peace cannot be imposed by force forever.

Russia’s New Legislation Renews Old Cryptocurrency Debates

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The Russian government continues to walk a fine line between acceptance and rejection of cryptocurrencies.

US Raises the Flag, and Stakes, in South China Sea

cc Flickr Official U.S. Navy Page, modified, SOUTH CHINA SEA (May 13, 2020) The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) conducts routine operations in the South China Sea, May 13, 2020. Gabrielle Giffords, part of Destroyer Squadron Seven, is on a rotational deployment, operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brenton Poyser/Released)200513-N-WP865-0237

Is Washington’s newfound assertiveness on the South China Sea dispute a matter of long-term statecraft, or short-term electioneering?

Belarus Presidential Election: Lukashenko’s Gamble and its Geopolitical Implications

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The time has come for Belarusians to choose their president, and the time may soon come for Belarus to pick a side in the geopolitical game going on above its head.

Geopolitical Impacts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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The advances of the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution won’t usher in a techno-utopia. Instead, they will alter – and perhaps even intensify – the geopolitical competition the world is all too familiar with.

COVID-19 Early Events Timeline

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Recounting key events in China during the earliest stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

African States Reel amid COVID-19 Debt Crunch

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The question of a debt crisis in the developing world has shifted to ‘when,’ not ‘if.’

Warfare Evolved: Quantum Encryption

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Advances in quantum encryption could change the way that modern states conduct their intelligence-gathering.

Vietnam’s Leadership in ASEAN: Opportunity in Crisis

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo participates in the ASEAN Regional Forum Ministerial in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 2, 2019. [State Department Photo by Ron Przysucha/ Public Domain], cc Flickr U.S. Department of State, modified, http://www.usa.gov/copyright.shtml

Over the second half of 2020, Vietnam should focus on integrating the informal economy with the formal economy and resuming negotiations for a code of conduct in the South China Sea.

Taking Cover: Chinese Capital & The EU

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As COVID-19 recedes, it will be buying season for cash-flush Chinese state and semi-state corporations in Europe – but only if the authorities allow it.

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